Informal Finance Documents

30.06.2016 | DAI | FSDT, Bank of Tanzania

This report presents the findings of an informal financial groups (IFG) assessment in Tanzania aimed at gaining deeper insights into their evolution, nature, characteristics, management and operational features.

31.07.2014 | H. Ngalawa | ECONRSA

Although informal finance forms a large part of their financial sector, nearly all low income countries exclude informal transactions in official monetary data. Usually, informal finance data are non-existent and occasionally, they are available...

07.07.2014 | Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) | Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)

This AFI case study presents the community savings and credit cooperatives known as Umurenge SACCOs. The SACCOs have attracted over 1.6 million customers, and these along with other MFIs currently serve almost the same number of the entire banking...

30.04.2014 | Genesis Analytics | FinMark Trust

This report presents the findings of a study aimed at better understanding the role and use of co-operative financial institutions (CFIs) as viable alternatives to the commercial banking sector for accessing financial services for lower income...

31.03.2014 | S. Johnson | FSD Kenya

This study sets out to investigate the nature of and reasons for interpersonal financial transactions. This question arose from the Financial Landscapes research project funded by FSD Kenya, which highlighted the fact that Mobile Money Transfer...

28.02.2014 | S. Farazi | The World Bank

This paper documents the use of finance and financing patterns of informal firms, highlights differences between use of finance by formal and informal firms, and identifies the most significant characteristics of informal firms that are associated...

31.08.2013 | Cenfri | Cenfri

This focus note highlights the policy and regulatory implications of a larger study on informality in the funeral service provider industry in South Africa.

30.06.2013 | M. Bruhn, D. McKenzie | The World Bank

The majority of microenterprises in most developing countries remain informal despite more than a decade of reforms aimed at making it easier and cheaper for them to formalize. This paper summarizes the evidence on the effects of entry reforms and...

31.03.2012 | S. Johnson, G.K. Brown, C. Fouillet | FSD Kenya

The rapid growth of the mobile phone-based money transfer service, M-PESA, since its introduction in 2007 has been seen by many as having produced a tectonic shift in Kenya’s financial landscape. The rapid adoption and use of money transfer services...

31.03.2009 | S. Johnson, M. Malkamaki, M. Nino-Zarazua | University of Bath

This paper uses data from the 2006 Financial Access Survey carried out in Kenya to examine the scale, scope and nature of savings-led group-based approaches in order to assess the context for this alternative strategy.

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